Do you need a Dietitian or a Nutritionist? Surprisingly, they are not the same.

In a world where every second person is doing paleo, cutting out gluten or generally avoiding entire food groups, it seems the right diet advice can be hard to find.

But when you need an expert opinion, another question pops up – should I see a dietician or a nutritionist?
The answer is murkier than you think, says Aloysa Hourigan, senior nutritionist at Nutrition Australia, Queensland and Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Neither title is protected by law, Read more »

How Much Do You Know About Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening condition that affects over 1 million Australian men and women. It is often described as a ‘silent’ condition, and many people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they experience a broken bone (fracture).
Osteoporosis develops when your bones lose minerals faster than your body replaces them – this means your bones become fragile and brittle. Although most people with osteoporosis do not experience any symptoms or pain, their bones are quietly breaking down. Read more »

Leading Nutrition Finalists LASA Awards for Excellence

Leading Nutrition Finalists LASA Awards for Excellence

Leading Nutrition were excited to become finalists in the LASA Awards for excellence – Corporate Partner category. We didn’t win our category unfortunately – let’s achieve that next year!
Some words from Cathy Thesing, Director and Accredited Practising Dietitian at Leading Nutrition:
“In achieving the finalist status I’d like to thank many people: Our amazing team of Dietitians and support professionals at Leading Nutrition, Read more »

Preparing a Pureed Diet Menu – Nutrition Matters June 2010

Preparing a Pureed Diet Menu…
Texture modified foods in aged care are used to ensure residents with dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) can consume foods and fluids safely, without pain or fatigue. People with dysphagia are at risk of “aspiration” (solids or liquids accidentally entering the lungs), which can result in serious illness, including pnuemonia and even death. Texture modified meals include ‘soft’ meals, ‘minced and moist’ meals and ‘smooth pureed’ meals (also known as vitamised) and this article will focus on the preparation of the ‘pureed’ Read more »

Obesity and Weight Stigma in Aged Care

Are our personal opinions impacting on resident care?
Whether we mean it or not, when we see an overweight person walking by, we automatically start making judgements on this person’s lifestyle. Common thoughts are that they are ‘lazy’ or ‘lack self-control’ or ‘do not care’. Do we think the same of residents in aged care facilities who are overweight? And how does this impact on our care and health outcomes of these residents?
Rates of overweight and obesity are continuing to rise in Australia. Read more »

Calcium and Dairy in Aged Care

Calcium is important for strong bones and healthy teeth. The best sources of calcium are dairy foods; however there are other sources available for those who do not eat dairy products. Leading Nutrition dietitians are finding that many aged care menus are not including enough dairy for their residents
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older people consume three and and a half to four serves of milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat each day. Read more »

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